An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel
Welcome, gentle reader. The subject of this week’s White Queen Wednesday was brought to my attention by my buddy RJ Danvers. Before he pointed it out, I had no idea that Emma Frost appeared in last week’s Fantastic Four #584, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Steve Epting. But after I read this issue I felt like her interaction with Susan Richards, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman, was worth sharing with you as well. Although brief, their little moment drips with hidden meaning and subtle characterization.
Meow, ladies! What is going on with all that cattiness, girls?
It definitely seems like Emma gets along much better with men than with women. Like Spider-Woman, it seems that men tend to love her and women often hate her for one reason or another. Since she joined the X-Men, her male teammates like Wolverine and Beast were almost immediately taken with her and quick to defend her while her female teammates like Storm, Rogue and Kitty Pryde were more skeptical of her motivations and a little slower to come around in accepting her place on the team. Even back when she was the White Queen of the Hellfire Club, she and Sebastian Shaw were thick as thieves while they plotted to kill Emma’s rival Black Queen, the immortal sorceress and psychic vampire Selene. Which is why I think her newfound sisterhood and friendship with Storm in the pages of Warren Ellis’s Astonishing X-Men is so powerful.
But back to Susan Richards, what could have possibly inspired this bitchiness and barely veiled hostility between them? Is Sue merely reacting towards Emma the way a lot of women seem to, judging her based on her looks, clothing (or lack thereof) and attitude? Or is Susan perhaps jealous of the way Namor has so aggressively pursued Emma in recent months? If it is the latter, I don’t think Sue has anything to worry about. Because it doesn’t seem like Namor has anything to offer Emma beyond a strategic alliance between his Atlantean people and her mutant population. Besides, when it comes to Namor, Emma has already been there and done that. So the forbidden fruit that fires such passionate interest in Sue holds no such taboo appeal for Emma.
While I’m on the subject of the Invisible Woman and recent releases, how amazing did she look in “Love and the Space Phantom” by Jaime Hernandez in last week’s Strange Tales II #2? Not unlike the writer of Smoke & Guns and my personal cocktail guru Kirsten Baldock, I’d say.
You’ll notice that even in this story, she’s still throwing shade due to her jealousy over Namor’s affections.
Well that was another short and sweet White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I would be very curious to know how you interpreted this little moment between Emma and Sue if you would be so kind as to share your thoughts in the comments.